Aug. 10, 2013
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. - Junior wide receiver Quan Bray said after Saturday's scrimmage that he sees a lot to like in the four quarterbacks vying for Auburn's starting job. But most impressive, he says, is the way veterans Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace have reached out to junior college transfer Nick Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson.
"They are helping those guys out," Bray said. "A lot of guys wouldn't do that, but they are stepping in and being the leaders they should be. They are both doing real well, too."
Bray and Frazier were together in the 2011 signing class and have been friends since been friends since they were being recruited. Frazier, he says, has blossomed since returning to the offense he's run since he was a high school freshman.
"He's working hard and trying to take charge," Bray said. "He knows the offense inside and out. He's very comfortable out there."
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said he and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee hope to narrow the race in the wake of Saturday's scrimmage, but Bray said he and other players are as much in the dark as anxious fans.
"It's good to see the different type styles of play they have and the leadership all of them try to bring," Bray said. "They all come out trying to get better."
But Bray agreed with Malzahn that the time is near to move toward naming a starter or at least reduce the race to a more manageable number.
"It definitely is," Bray said. "It's his decision. Whoever he thinks is the best man to help us win, we'll go with his decision."
Bray said he saw significant Johnson and Marshall improve significantly from last Wednesday's scrimmage, the first of preseason camp. Both had big pass plays Saturday, Marshall to tight end Brent Fulse and Marshall to wide receiver Sammie Coates.
"I saw composure," Bray said. "From the first to the second scrimmage, they didn't have a lot of busted assignments. They are getting comfortable back there. I see a lot of improvement.
"Jeremy looked real good. He looked different from the first scrimmage. He was a little nervous in the first scrimmage. Coming from high school, you'd expect that. He showed a lot of composure today."
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: